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Mobile Cloud Networking: Future Communication Architecture for Mobile Cloud

Project Number: 318109

Project Managers: Prof. dr. ir. Aiko Pras

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

Tel.: +31-53-4893778

Email: a.pras@utwente.nl

Project website: Mobile Cloud Networking

Summary

MobileCloud is Mobile Network + Decentralized Computing + Smart Storage offered as One Service – On-Demand, Elastic and Pay-As-You-Go.

The top-level objectives of the MobileCloud project are a) to develop a novel mobile “network” architecture and technologies, using proof-of-concept prototypes, to lead the way from current mobile networks to a fully cloud-based mobile communication system, b) to extend cloud computing to support on-demand and elastic provisioning of novel mobile services.

MobileCloud will investigate, implement, and evaluate the technological foundations for that system to meet realtime performance, and support efficient and elastic use and sharing of radio access and mobile core network resources between operators. Mobile network functionalities – such as baseband unit processing, mobility management and QoS control – will run on the enhanced mobile cloud platform leveraging commodity hardware, which requires extensions towards higher decentralization and enhancing them to elastically scale up and down based on load.

The end-to-end control and management orchestrates infrastructure and services across several technological domains: wireless, mobile core and data centers, providing guaranteed end-to-end SLAs and AAA as well as service mobility through the Follow-Me Cloud concept.

Besides the technological aspects, MobileCloud will identify and evaluate overarching novel business models that support the exploitation of the mobile cloud in various multi-stakeholder scenarios. The MobileCloud architecture will be evaluated in realistic scenarios and with a set of concrete use-cases, based on applications such as mobile cloud enabled digital signage. The evaluation will be done from diverse viewpoints, exploiting the well-balanced and representative consortium including leading industry from the telecommunication as well as the cloud computing segments.

Project duration: 1-11-2012 / 31-10-2015

Project budget: 15.7 M-€ / 10.5 M-€ funding

Number of person/months: 1408 person months

Project Coordinator: SAP

Participants: SAP, FRANCE TELECOM, TELECOM ITALIA, BRITISH TELECOM, PORTUGAL TELECOM, NEC EUROPE, INTEL, ITALTEL, CLOUDSIGMA, NEXTWORKS, SOFTTELECOM DESARROLLOS, ONE SOURCE CONSULTORIA INFORMATICA, TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN, INOV, INESC INOVACAO, INSTITUTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS, UNIVERSITÄT BERN, ZÜRCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN, FRAUNHOFER

Project budget CTIT: 623.2 k-€ / 485 k-€ funding

Number of person/years CTIT: 54 person months

Involved groups: Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS)

CTIT Research Centre: Centre for Dependable Systems and Networks